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Dynamic Duo: The Setter-Coach Relationship [ARTICLE]

by AVCA - Coaching Volleyball Magazine on

Let's begin at the beginning. Other than my father (Dennis Berg), Charlie Wade and Dave Shoji were the two coaches who taught me to play volleyball. I was the one who was always playing up — the 14-year old playing with the 16s. At the time, these...... Continue

Volleyball Try-Out Drill Ideas [ARTICLE]

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Running volleyball try-outs is obviously about assessing players. Oftentimes, however, it’s also a question of managing a large number of players. If you don’t have to manage a lot of players you can run virtually a regular training session which...... Continue

Volleyball Recruiting: Searching for More Than Talent [ARTICLE]

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"Play as much as possible." That's what most volleyball recruits think college coaches want them to do before they make it to the next level. But in the eyes of a recruiting college volleyball coach, recruits should be doing many other things—... Continue

Expecting Greatness [ARTICLE]

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Being pregnant during season was great! All my cravings were fulfilled: from buffet for breakfast (right up my alley) to dessert for dinner ("I am having a craving!"). On a serious note, I had great role models like my mother, my high school coach...... Continue

Team Building Drill - All Aboard [ARTICLE]

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Activity: Using a plyometric jump box (or any approximately 2' x 2' plywood box), have your team get each member of the team up on the box. Each team member must have one foot on the box and last the length it takes them to sing a song, such as...... Continue

Motivating the Modern Athlete [ARTICLE]

by By: Dr. Marty Durden, Athletic Director - Presbyterian School - Houston, TX on

Today's athlete is different from years past. The much-publicized generation Y student-athletes (1980's-1999) have moved through college. Generation Z is...... Continue

Mind Games - Recognizing and Handling Concussions [ARTICLE]

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FAST FACTS: Concussions can occur in any sport. A concussion is a brain injury and all are serious. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can...... Continue

The Art of Strategy and Tactics in Volleyball [ARTICLE]

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Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. When I was coaching women's volleyball at the University of Nebraska I had a strategy that was the...... Continue

The Cure for PTSD (Play Time Stress Disorder) [ARTICLE]

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I hear it often amongst my coaching colleagues. The constant battle coaches have with players, parents and administrators over how to deal with playing time. Most parents claim to have an unbiased opinion but we all know the truth behind...... Continue

Does Traditional Periodization Face Extinction in Today's Volleyball Club Play? [ARTICLE]

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The traditional periodization model of a year-round off-, pre- and in-season conditioning isn't practiced in today's club volleyball. In a recent edition of my column (titled 'Addressing the Over-the-Top Culture in Volleyball') we looked at the...... Continue

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